Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Newborn wrongly declared dead last week by Delhi hospital, dies

Newborn wrongly declared dead last week by Delhi hospital, dies

The newborn boy was found moving in a body bag hours after his parents were told he had passed away.

The report submitted to Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday.

New Delhi police are continuing to review hospital records as well as video footage from the twins' birth to better understand how the doctor's arrived at the conclusion.

A newborn erroneously declared dead along with its stillborn twin by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, last Thursday is in the ICU of a private nursing home at Pitampura, but he has injected a new breath into the mounting "troubles" for the upscale hospital.

Later, as the family was en route to a shmashāna - a Hindu cremation ground - for the baby boy, the parents felt "some movements" inside one of the polythene bags provided by the hospital, according to CNN.

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The boy's uncle Deepak said, "Yesterday, the doctors told us he was critical and around 12:30 p.m. today, they told us he was no more".

The hospital noted that while the termination of employment for two of the hospital's doctors reflects a "commitment to higher standards of care", it is not a statement which finds the doctors at fault.

On December 2, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain had said the hospital's licence could be cancelled if a probe found it guilty of medical negligence. However, just moments before being buried the family had found that the baby was alive. The other baby was stillborn.

"We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident". The police have also asked the Delhi government to set up an inquiry committee of doctors to examine any possible medical negligence.

According to the panel's report, no Electrocardiogram (ECG) tracings were done to check if the child was alive.

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